DEI Timeline

The City of Naperville is continuously working to become a more inclusive, welcoming, diverse community where all are welcome and enjoy equitable opportunities to thrive.

2019

FEBRUARY AND BEYOND: Community conversations on the rise based on changing diversity in Naperville.

NOVEMBER 5: A request is made to update the City's Mission Statement

DECEMBER 17: The City Council approves a revision to the City's Mission Statement:

"To provide services that ensure a high quality of life, sound fiscal management, and a dynamic business environment, while creating an inclusive community that values diversity."

2020

MAY 19: The City Council adopts a resolution celebrating the diversity of the community and denouncing all acts of racism, intolerance, and unlawful discrimination.

SEPTEMBER 1: The City Council approves the hiring of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager.

DECEMBER 15: The City adopts Title 12 of the Code of Ordinances prohibiting unlawful discrimination in human rights and housing in the City of Naperville.

2021

FEBRUARY 9: The inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager starts work with Naperville.

FEBRUARY 10: Meetings with leaders across all departments begin to better understand Naperville’s internal landscape.

MARCH 2: Listening sessions with residents and key Naperville organizations begin to take place to gather perspectives. Goals include how to engage youth in future discussions and initiatives.

AUGUST 2: Youth component begins to take shape.

2022

JANUARY 17: Geneace Williams continues to spread the message of inclusion and community at the Naperville Central CCollege’s 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day programming.

MARCH: The city of Naperville partners with eight Naperville organizations in a DEI Banner display

What We're Doing

Step One: Listening

  1. Meet leaders and members of various organizations in Naperville.
  2. Conduct listening sessions with residents and organizations.
    1. Identify organizational synergies and uncover gaps.
  3. Continuously develop relationships to:
    1. locate persons interested in the work
    2. garner support
    3. identify allies in the work
    4. join forces with organizations doing the work

Step Two: Learning

  • Cull together results of listening sessions (ongoing)
  • Identify resources for events and activities
  • Determine community partners for various events and activities
  • Continual community engagement, idea generation and sharing between community members and organizations
  • Bring youth component to life

Step 3: Leveraging/Action

  • Diversity meet and greets with various organizations from the community.
  • Partnering with organizations to advance the work.
  • Having difficult conversations and creating safe spaces for storytelling.